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Being Neighbors

Loyola has thrived through the past four decades because of relationships.  Relationship with God active and present in the world today.  Relationships among the staff fostering community.  Relationships with other organizations promoting the spiritual life. Relationships with directees noticing the sacred movement in their lives.  Relationships with the friends of Loyola helping to support and…

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Loss of Control

The adoption caseworker made it clear the child coming to MN to live with me had endured a staggering number of losses. Preparing to become a mom meant lining up grief therapists, researching childhood trauma and carefully thinking through small acts that could help my daughter feel safe and comfortable in her new home. None…

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Trauma and Spiritual Practice

  “O,‌ ‌send‌ ‌out‌ ‌your‌ ‌light‌ ‌and‌ ‌your‌ ‌truth;‌ ‌ Let‌ ‌them‌ ‌guide‌ ‌me,‌ ‌ Let‌ ‌them‌ ‌lead‌ ‌me‌ ‌to‌ ‌your‌ ‌holy‌ ‌altar.” Psalm 43: 3, Nan Merrill paraphrase Trauma When our 7 month old puppy, Hazel, jumped off of our back porch and went flying down the driveway to chase after a bicycling commuter riding the Selby…

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Grieving Accompanied

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.  Psalm 46:5 One profound memory during this pandemic was in Holy Week.  A week that reveals human nature at its worst and God’s love at God’s…

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Be Not Afraid

by Kay Vander Vort On March 13, 2020, a national emergency was declared concerning the Covid 19 outbreak. For the next week I devoured  a constant stream of news -  all related to the virus. On March 30, I woke up at 5:30 AM in order to go grocery shopping at 6:00 AM  the appointed…

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Uncertainty in the Time of Pandemic

by Linda Cherek In times of uncertainty, of not knowing, we may encounter the challenge of questioning where is God  in this pandemic? When we are not sure how long it will take for Covid 19 to be gone or at least managed, or the “pandemics” of racism, white supremacy and our current political divide…

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Seeking Spiritual Health

by Dan Johnson “As a society, we face pandemics both organic and cultural, both new and centuries old.  What does the community of spiritual directors at Loyola have to write about during this prolonged storm?” A few weeks ago, two of Loyola’s spiritual directors, Linda Cherek and Melisa Borgmann-Kiemde, were asked this question.  “What would…

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Grace Touches Shame

by Dan Johnson The summer days have been hot this year and not simply because of temperature and humidity. The heat comes from the amount of change that is called for in the world around us and deep within us. An invisible virus, Covid-19, spreads rampantly and wreaks havoc on gatherings, the economy, and lives.…

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Wise and Discerning Choices During COVID-19

By Tom Allen My wife Julie is in hospice nursing home care in late stages of Alzheimer’s.  She tested COVID positive.  We were faced with end of life choices.  (Miraculously, she survived, while 18 other residents around her died). I joined thousands of others in arson clean-up efforts.  I plan to see George Floyd’s makeshift…

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2020 JUSTICE: READING & VIEWING LIST with introduction by Kay Vander Vort

READ / VIEW      PRAY        SHARE “What can I do?”  “I feel so helpless!”  These are common thoughts of many of us who are not in essential services in the midst of three crises: COVID-19; Unveiling of Systemic Racism; and Economic Uncertainty. At our recent Loyola staff meeting we zeroed in on Racism.  We compiled a…

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